I play in a psychobilly band.
thanks for catching up.
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Jocephus and the George Jonestown Massacre
Hank Williams III
What people hate isn't "country." People love bluegrass, for example. What people hate is the "Nashville sound" where you take classic country and have a band of failed blues and rock musicians play it with a disco beat.
Nashville's response to the burgeoning rock and roll style and all the styles that derive from it was to increase their production value and attempt to mimic it, instead of playing to their own strengths.
Country musicians are supposed to be humble and down to earth. They're expected to hone their craft in the "woodshed" far away from everyone else where there is nothing else to do BUT play music. They're supposed to be funny, and grateful to their fans for their new lifestyle.
As opposed to a "rockstar" who is just a spoiled asshole.
However, the nashville sound was about the development of a "Country Star" attitude, which sucked so much monumental balls that it drove an entire generation of southerners to make the exact OPPOSITE style of music.
Ever hear of Pantera? Yeah. The phrase was "Cowboys from Hell." Cowboys. Because they were all rednecks from Texas. Superjoint Ritual, the band that was formed after the death of Dimebag, had Hank III on bass.
Why is bluegrass so fast? Because it's the same mentality as black metal.
As a Memphis musician, who competes with Nashville and "nashville sound" guys all the time, and grew up in a bluegrass family band, I deal with these issues all the time, so they're really "hot-button" for me.